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A Major Blockade

December 22, 2013

It is so important to understand that one must be re-born of the Spirit to be able to “see”.
Like Jesus taught, one can see, yet not perceive (know, understand). They can hear, but yet not understand.

Without a conversion, which includes sins being forgiven, one will never “see”. This is the very first step.
“Except one be born again, they cannot “see” the kingdom of God.” (Jn.3:3)

“Seeing they may see and not perceive; and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted and their sins should be forgiven them.” (Mk.4:12)
Understanding cannot come to one who has yet to be forgiven of their sins. We might say that it is THE MAJOR BLOCKADE that prevents being able to “see”.

Hearing and obeying

August 22, 2012

“But this is what I commanded them, saying, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.” (Jer. 7:23)

Can you see the personal call in this verse?

“and I will be  your God”. Yes, than it says, “and you shall be my people”. Many “yours” make up the “my people”, right?

Then it says, “and walk in all that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.”

Now of course, in this verse, the Lord of hosts (vs.21) is speaking about the children of Israel. He said, “But this is what I commanded them.”

But, for a collective people, or a body of people to be obedient to God, they must first have the individuals that are obedient individually before God, right? Collective obedience is made up of individual obedience.

“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.” (vs. 24)

The word “obey” here in the Hebrew means, “to hear intelligently”. Hearing and being able to understand what one is hearing is the first step to being obedient. Without either, one cannot fulfill the command to be obedient. This call of obedience to God is for the believer who has been born of the Spirit. Without the first step of the new birth, one cannot “hear intelligently” to be obedient.

For the believer, the “hearing” is a practiced discipline. Jesus over and over said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”. He certainly wasn’t talking about physical ears. He was referring to spiritual hearing. With all the distractions in the world today, it’s not easy to hear. But, hearing we must have if we are to be obedient. If Satan can get us to not “Hear”, than he knows that we will not obey. He is satisfied with no obedience. Why? Then he knows that God’s will, will not be carried out in the earth, individually and collectively.

After hearing, and hearing clearly, which involves getting quiet and alone with God, comes the understanding. And once we understand, we are obligated to fulfill the command of which we understand. By hearing and understanding, then doing (or the acting out) that which we hear and know, then it produces the will of God in our lives.

Doing the word which we hear and understand produces obedience which lends itself to the blessings of God.

Not only doers of the written word, but to be reminded that the Holy Spirit speaks from within, to those who have been born of His Spirit which resides in our hearts. So we should be continually hearing and developing an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as individuals. Of course, it will never contradict the written word.

So in closing, personal obedience to God through his Spirit, produces a “going forward” in living out the will of God in our lives. If each one who has been born of His Spirit, would make this a top priority as individuals before God, then when we come together as a body, the power of the Holy Spirit would fall on all those present.

“to obey is better than sacrifice,”

I want to obey Him, right? There should be no “have to” involved.

Can we say that we want to please our Father?

“In your quest for knowledge, don’t forget Jesus”

January 21, 2012

He was a 24yr. old guy who was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. When he got into High School, he decided to take his stand with those who just say regarding God, “I just don’t know”.

I had just sat down at the back of the bus, when along comes this guy and parks at the back, two seats away. I knew right off the bat that this was no “happen chance” here. So, I said “Hi” and handed him a card. He looked at it and handed it back. (Most of the times when this happens, I smile and say “Ok” and or “God bless you”. I am so thankful that I didn’t this time)

After he handed it back, I said, “so you’re not interested in God?” Then the hour-long dialogue started. I love them. Dialogues are of course, you talk, I listen. I talk, you listen. How often do you see this? How often do you partake in one? Dialogues give the Holy Spirit time to operate, instead of “land-blasting”, then they look at their phone after about 10 minutes and say, “hey, I gotta go now”. While this dialogue is taking place, your listening to what the other person is saying, and the Holy Spirit is giving you something to say off of what they are saying. While he is listening, the Holy Spirit is moving upon his heart. It’s awesome!

Now, here was a guy who was no doubt, very intelligent. It didn’t take me very long to figure out what was going on with him. I have met many people over the years that have allowed their knowledge, their reasoning to get in the way. He was going to college to get a major in mathematics. Believe me, this guy had some smarts. He talked about stuff that was way off my charts, for sure. The Holy Spirit just had me listen, then He would give me some stuff to remind him of Christ. We went into the Gospels, and also shared a little regarding Solomon.

Besides being reminded about Jesus, we shared how God is Spirit, and that it takes a spiritual birth to enter and to understand His Kingdom. At times, he would grasp a little, then his brain would kick in and off he would go to another planet. That was OK, because the Spirit knew just how to circumvent his reasoning and bring it back to the basics. I am so thankful that it doesn’t matter how smart, or not how smart you are, God can deal with anything.

So, towards the end of our conversion, the Spirit had me ask him if He ever remembered being born again while he was younger. He could not pin-point a time, and seemed to not clearly remember a time where he knew for sure. So, I reminded him of the necessity again.

My stop came, and it was time to get off. The Spirit had me lean over to him and tap him on the shoulder and say, “In your quest for knowledge, don’t forget Jesus”. We both smiled, shook hands and parted. I hope to see him someday 🙂

Are we open to receive?

October 31, 2011

When I say “open to receive”, I am not just talking about being open to receive knowledge of the scriptures, but also, learning to hear the voice of the Spirit of God to lead you. From what I am hearing and gathering, there seems to be a “famine in the land”. Not only from hearing the “written word”, but the “spoken word”.

We must ask ourselves, “I’m I being led by the Spirit?” One of the Greek definitions for the word “led”, is “be open”. Are we? If we are “being led by the Spirit” we are “open” to receive. We are not a closed book. We must remain available and open to receive revelation. Not only revelation of His word, but revelation through His Spirit to us personally. If we are saying that we are “led by His Spirit”, then we will have testimony of what, where and how the Spirit has led us. There has to be fruit.

“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Gal. 5:18)

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14)

Is the “Great Commission” hard to understand?

September 16, 2007

Is it complicated? Should we add or take away from it?
No. Just do what it says, period. If we do, some awesome things will take place.

In the book of Matthew it says, “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to obey all things that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the world.” (28:18-20)

In the book of Mark it says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will follow them that believe; In my name they will cast out devils; and they will speak with new tongues;
They shall take up snakes; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (16:15-18)

GO – TEACH – PREACH – BAPTIZE

What is so hard to understand about these? We have all heard them over and over, haven’t we?

GO means to get off your bottom and get out into the world.

TEACH (in this context) means to teach them whatever Christ commanded. I won’t get into that in this post, but it would do us all some good to review what Christ commanded in the gospels.

PREACH means to “herald” or “cry out” or “proclaim” the Gospel (the good news of Christ) to every person (yes, it does say “every”).

BAPTIZE means to get them “fully wet” or “cover wholly with a fluid” in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.

Help me out, is this hard to understand?

And you know what? If we DO this “Great Commission”, Christ said himself that he would be with us and that signs would follow them that believe. What would these signs be?

Devils would be cast out of people. Speaking in new tongues would happen. If we handle any snakes, IE any “sly cunning” or “malicious persons” or “satanist” they shall not hurt us. If we drink anything that’s deadly, IE poison etc. it shall not hurt us. Isn’t this comforting to know? What should we be afraid of?

Now here is a really good one. “They shall”. This is no maybe, they will. THEY SHALL lay their hands on the sick and THEY SHALL recover. Don’t you love this?

Well, there you have it. It’s pretty self explanatory, isn’t it?
May God help us all.

In a cage or out in the open?

June 2, 2007

I’m afraid all to often what happens as we grow in Christ, studying and learning his word, we become increased in knowledge and if we are not careful we become “puffed up”. Then what happens is that we go down the never ending road of studying, learning and sharing what we have learned. If we are not careful our life becomes entangled or stuck in a vacuum of ever learning, but never actually using or applying what we have learned. There would be danger here, if this is indeed what is happening.

If there is no “hands on” experience taking place, then we must consider our end. If we don’t use what we have learned, then what good is it? And for what purpose are we learning and studying?
Is it all about our knowledge? What are my motives for learning?

Yes, we do need to study His word and gain knowledge. His word does say that. But we must always be reminded as to what are we doing with what we have learned. Head knowledge is of no real value without hands and feet moving it forward for some benefit to others.

Recently, I was downtown in the city while a big festival was going on. I was walking along the sidewalk and noticed two giant birds flying in the air. I did a “double take” and noticed that these were not your usual birds. They were large and very colorful. At first, I thought that they must be “radio controlled” birds because it seemed to be very different.

Well, come to find out there was a large pirate ship with a man dressed as a pirate and these were his birds. He had them trained to take off and fly around for some distance away from the ship and then return. They were large parrots and what appeared to be macaws. It was truly awesome to behold their flying beauty. They were not caged at all, even after they returned from flying, they just sat there perched waiting to go out again for another flight.
I thought this was a good picture of what I am trying to convey here.

There must be practical application or it becomes trapped inside a cage and it’s only value is when people stop by to view it, and then they are gone. It’s great to look at and admire, but if it’s let out of the cage and moves around, it flies and takes on life. Then and only then can we see it’s real beauty, it’s use and value. It is the same with knowledge and learning.

When we put into practice what we have learned, then there is action and motive taking place.
Keep it in a cage or let it out in the open, the choice is ours.
May God help us all.
Amen